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Wanted! Dublin City Public Libraries Reader in Residence

Article by Vanessa Fox O'Loughlin © 18 October 2016.
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Dublin City Public Libraries are committed to developing  the role of the library as a centre for culture, with programmes and projects that meet individual and community needs. The Reader-in Residence programme fulfils these commitments by providing opportunities for positive engagement with libraries and reading for children, young people and their families.

Dublin City Public Libraries delivers library services to the North East Inner City through the Central Library at the ILAC Centre and the branch library at Charleville Mall.

As part of the Dublin North East Inner City Initiative, Dublin City Libraries will extend its  already successful Reader-in-Residence programme  for this area of the city,  to encompass  two main strands: one aimed at primary school-going children  and one aimed at young people in a non-school setting (community/club based.)

We propose to engage three readers-in-residence:

  • 2 readers to work with primary school-going children, aged between 4 and 13 years
  • 1 reader to work with young people in community/ youth club-based settings

Each reader-in-residence will deliver a programme of planned activities based around the idea of reading as fun, with the activities being geared to different age groups and genres.

As creating a print-rich environment in the home is an important factor in improving literacy, a key activity will be engaging with parents and caregivers.

The programme will be delivered in partnership with home school community liaison teachers, schools, youth projects, and other community-based agencies.

The programme will be delivered on a 20-hour a week basis during the remainder of the school year 2016-2017.

The programme will be supported by Dublin City Public Libraries and the Dublin UNESCO City of Literature Office and will be managed by a dedicated librarian based at Charleville Mall library.

The successful applicants will report to Charleville Mall Library. They will have excellent interpersonal skills, experience of working with children and an ability to think creatively, together with a clear appreciation of the role books and reading play in the development of children in our society.  A flexible commitment of a minimum of 20 hours per week is required.

The successful applicants will be required to conduct  an evaluation on completion of the project and present a report within an agreed timeframe.

Garda vetting will be required.

Terms and conditions of contract:

  1. The successful candidate will be considered as self-employed for the purposes of the contract and will not be an employee of Dublin City Council. The duration of this project will be approximately 25 weeks at 20 hours per week at a fee of €2,000 per month paid on receipt of invoices as agreed.
  2. The successful candidate must register with Dublin City Council as a contractor.
  3. The successful candidate may be required to be registered for VAT. For further information visit revenue.ie
  4. Payment to the successful candidate will be on production of invoices.
  5. All publications, reports, and other outputs generated as part of the project will be the property of Dublin City Council, which will own copyright in such publications, reports, and other outputs generated.

Selection Process:

Candidates will be shortlisted  based on CVs submitted and then called for interview, where they will be asked to give a short verbal presentation of their ideas.

Please send CVs (including the names and contact details of two referees) accompanied by a covering letter outlining which Reader in Residence position is being applied for,  before Friday 28th October  at 5:00pm to:

Alison Lyons

Director, Dublin UNESCO City of Literature

Dublin City Library & Archive

138-144 Pearse Street,

Dublin 2

T: 01 6744809


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Writing.ie has been developed and is run by Vanessa Fox O'Loughlin who founded The Inkwell Group publishing consultancy and is Ireland's leading literary scout. Vanessa is represented by literary agent Simon Trewin and writes crime as Sam Blake. LITTLE BONES will be published by Bonnier's Twenty7 imprint in May 2016. Vanessa is the Chair of Irish PEN and the Irish and Eurozone Adviser to the international organisation The Alliance of Independent Authors.